Posts tagged with "vintage"



22. September 2021
While old Tianjin (then called Tientsin), was second only to Shanghai as foreign treaty port in terms of size and foreign population, the Chung Yuen was absolutely on par with its contemporaries in Shanghai such as the Sincere, Wing On and Sun Sun. The English language press also referred to it as Tientsin Bazaar and the Tientsin Exhibition of Industrial Encouragement while in Chinese it was simply referred to as Quanyechang. Located on the borders of the French and Japanese concessions, it was...
19. September 2021
Manufactured by US company Otis and installed in 1924 at the Tientsin Astor House Hotel, when an additional building was joined to the original structure built in 1863. Otis was distributed in China by their agent American Trading Company until in 1930 the company established it's own office, located in the Shanghai Sassoon House.
13. September 2021
Sketch of a proposed "ricsha advertising plan for Shanghai", submitted to the Municipal Council by the National Advertising Agency in November 1927. After some back and forth with the Traffic Committee and the Secretary to Commissioner of Police, the Council did in fact grant permission to utilize the public ricsha and its puller for advertising purposes in February 1928! Whether it was ever implemented though we do not know - no photographic record has been found so far. Source: S.M.C....
13. September 2021
Presumably early 1920s as the eventual (and extremely popular!) Chinese brand name 老刀牌is not yet used, the key visuals cannon although is already trivialized. Read the brands back story and evolution here.
05. September 2021
Brunner, Mond & Co /卜內門洋行 was one of the large British trading houses ("Hongs"), having setup their operations in Shanghai as early as 1890. In 1922 the company erected its own building on 133 Szechuen Rd., designed by Stewardson & Spence. In December 1926 Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) was founded from the merger of four companies: Brunner Mond, Nobel Explosives, the United Alkali Company, and British Dyestuffs Corporation. For much of its history it was the largest...
03. September 2021
30. August 2021
Sun Sun Sky Terrace Restaurant Wine List from the MOFBA collection
23. August 2021
16. August 2021
Introduced in 1923, Hatamen was one of British American Tobaccos (BAT) best selling brands besides Ruby Queen, Chienmen and Pirate. After the Communist Liberation BAT's assets were transferred to the state-owned Shanghai Tobacco Company in 1951. The Hatamen brand was continued until 1963 when it was suspended for being "too colonial". That is until 1992 when Qingdao Cigarette Factory relaunched cigarettes under that name (but with different logo and key visuals). Unlike in the case of the...
09. August 2021

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